1 Minneapolis Business College A Bradford School Academic Catalog
3 MINNEAPOLIS BUSINESS COLLEGE 1711 WEST COUNTY ROAD B ROSEVILLE, MINNESOTA (651) ACADEMIC YEAR
4 TABLE OF CONTENTS GENERAL INFORMATION... 1 ADMISSIONS INFORMATION... 2 FINANCIAL INFORMATION... 3 STUDENT SERVICES... 7 ACADEMIC INFORMATION PROGRAMS OF STUDY COURSE DESCRIPTIONS ACADEMIC CALENDAR ADMINISTRATION STAFF FACULTY INDEX ADDENDUM OF PROGRAMS... 54
5 GENERAL INFORMATION MISSION AND OBJECTIVES Minneapolis Business College provides short-term, quality programs emphasizing hands-on skills, professionalism, and critical thinking to students seeking immediate entry into their careers. Minneapolis Business College focuses on students career preparation through these initiatives: Treat the classroom like the workplace: Students attend class regularly, dress like professionals in their field, acquire professional social skills, and gain meaningful and relevant experience from faculty members who have worked in the real world. Provide accessible student services: Students receive financial aid counseling and can utilize residential facilities. Focus on career placement: Students receive counseling in resume development, job applications, interview preparation, and salary negotiation. Career placement counseling is individualized and continuous. LOCATION AND FACILITIES Minneapolis Business College is located at 1711 West County Road B, Roseville, Minnesota 55113, at the intersection of Highways 35W and 36. The college is easily accessible by all means of transportation from both Minneapolis and St. Paul. The academic space contains a resource library and fourteen classrooms. Five classrooms and the resource library are equipped with microcomputers. Two of the classrooms are designed for the preparation of medical assistants. One of these is equipped with microscopes and other clinical and laboratory equipment found in a modern medical office, while the other contains medical examination beds and equipment for obtaining patient vital signs. The remaining classrooms are for lecture. Minneapolis Business College is fully accessible and equipped to serve physically handicapped students. ACCREDITATION AND REGISTRATION Minneapolis Business College is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (www.acics.org) to award diplomas and associate s degrees. The address and telephone number of the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools are 750 First Street, N.E., Suite 980, Washington, DC , (202) The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools is listed as a nationally recognized accrediting agency by the United States Department of Education and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The Minneapolis Business College Medical Assistant Programs are currently accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). The address and telephone number of the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs are 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756, (727) Minneapolis Business College is registered as a private institution with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to sections 136A.61 to 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions. Minneapolis Business College is approved by the State of Wisconsin Education Approval Board. APPROVALS Education programs at the Minneapolis Business College are approved by the Minnesota State Approving Agency for the training of students under the various GI Bill Education Programs. The College is also approved by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development for vocational rehabilitation training. AFFILIATIONS American Association of Medical Assistants American Medical Technologists Association of Executive and Administrative Professionals CompTIA Minnesota Association of Financial Aid Administrators Minnesota Paralegal Association National Center for Competency Testing National Federation of Paralegal Associations LEGAL CONTROL Minneapolis Business College is legally controlled by Bradford Schools, Incorporated, 133 Freeport Road, Pittsburgh, PA Officers of the corporation are Joseph L. Calihan, Chairman; Martin J. Calihan, President and Chief Executive Officer; JoAnn Travis, Vice President; Jennifer G. Calihan, Secretary; and Steven J. Lynch, Treasurer. Other affiliated Bradford schools include: Antonelli Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Bradford School, Columbus, Ohio Bradford School, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Fox College, Bedford Park, Illinois MINNEAPOLIS BUSINESS COLLEGE: FINISH FIRST! 1
6 Hickey College, St. Louis, Missouri International Business College, Fort Wayne, Indiana International Business College, Indianapolis, Indiana King s College, Charlotte, North Carolina Vet Tech Institute, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Vet Tech Institute of Houston, Houston, Texas Wood/Tobe-Coburn School, New York, New York PROGRAM MODERNIZATION Minneapolis Business College prepares its students for employment in the business community. To best meet the needs of these employers, periodic revision of our courses and programs is necessary. Minneapolis Business College, therefore, reserves the right to add to or delete material from courses; alter program content; change software and equipment; change faculty; adjust tuition, fee, and residence rates; and modify cancellation/refund policies as circumstances indicate, subject to approval of the various state and national agencies under whose regulations we operate. Also included is the right to cancel a program if there is insufficient enrollment. COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT POLICY AND SANCTIONS Minneapolis Business College requires all students, faculty, and staff to comply with copyright laws. Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code) to the authors of original works of authorship. The owner of copyright has the exclusive rights of reproduction, adaptation, publication, performance, and display. Types of works that are covered by copyright law include, but are not limited to, text, music, art, photographs, graphics, film, and software. Copyright covers all forms of a work, including its digital transmission and subsequent use. It is illegal for anyone to violate any of the rights provided by the copyright law to the owner of copyright. Copying copyrighted materials in excess of the fair use limitation without the authority of the copyright owner, including uploading or downloading works protected by copyright, is an infringement of the copyright owner s exclusive rights of reproduction and/or distribution. Unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material, including distribution of copyrighted material through unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject individuals to civil and criminal liabilities. Copyright infringement violates the institution s policies and the law. Anyone who engages in copyright infringement, including the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted materials using the institution s information technology system, will be subject to discipline by the school, which may include warning, suspension, expulsion, or termination. Copyright infringement may also subject the individual to civil and criminal liabilities. Anyone found to have infringed a copyrighted work may be liable for actual damages or statutory damages up to $30,000 for each work infringed and, if willful infringement is proven by the copyright owner, that amount may be increased up to $150,000 for each work infringed. In addition, individual infringers may be subject to criminal prosecution. DISASTER AFFECTING THE COLLEGE S OPERATIONS In the event of Acts of God affecting operations (i.e., fire, flood, hurricane, tornado, etc.), Minneapolis Business College reserves the right to suspend training for a period not to exceed 90 days. NONDISCRIMINATION IN EDUCATION PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES Educational institutions receiving federal financial assistance are required to comply with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of These federal laws prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender, including sexual harassment; sexual orientation; genetic information; race; color; religion; national origin; age; veteran status; and disability in the education programs and activities that they operate. Minneapolis Business College is subject to these laws and complies fully with them in the enrollment of students, the hiring of faculty and staff, and in all other activities of the college. The President, who is identified in the Administration section of this catalog and who may be reached at (651) , is the coordinator at Minneapolis Business College. Students, faculty, and administrative employees are encouraged to bring any complaints or reports of discrimination to the coordinator s attention. The matter will be investigated promptly, and both parties will be notified in writing about the outcome of the complaint. Appropriate follow-up will be implemented to assure that no person associated with the college is subjected to unlawful discrimination. Individuals who report discrimination will not be subjected to any retaliation for doing so. STUDENT CONSUMER INFORMATION Federal regulations set forth by the Higher Education Act of 1965 as amended require Minneapolis Business College to annually distribute to all enrolled students and to prospective students upon request information about the availability of specific types of consumer information. To comply with these regulations, Minneapolis Business College has prepared a Guide to Student Consumer Information. This report is distributed annually to enrolled students. Copies are available upon request in the office of the Director of Education. ADMISSIONS INFORMATION ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS To be considered for admission to Minneapolis Business College, an applicant must have graduated from or be a potential graduate from a valid high school, private school, or equivalent (GED). When an applicant has not yet graduated, offers of admission are contingent on high school graduation. Applicants are admitted for enrollment on the basis of previous scholastic records as evidenced by a transcript of work completed in high school or college. Previous training in business subjects is generally not required. All students will be notified of acceptance/rejection in writing. 2 MINNEAPOLIS BUSINESS COLLEGE: FINISH FIRST!
7 Students whose high school transcripts show a GPA of 1.0 through 1.8 (4.0 scale) may be required to participate in an acceptance interview with the Director of Education and take a scholastic-level exam. Students applying to the Associate in Applied Science Degree Paralegal program are required to complete a test for reading and written English expression and may not have a record of any felony convictions. Currently enrolled Legal Administrative Assistant Diploma and Associate in Applied Science Degree Legal Office Administration students may apply to the Director of Education for transfer to the Associate in Applied Science Degree Paralegal program during their third term. Student requests are evaluated on the basis of the student s cumulative grade point average, the student s grade point average in legal courses taken to date, and the student s attendance record. If the application is accepted, students may transfer to the Associate in Applied Science Degree Paralegal program at the beginning of their fourth term. ADMISSIONS PROCEDURE Potential students should call or write the Admissions Department to request an application form. To apply for enrollment, the student should complete the application form and submit it with the application fee to the Director of Admissions, Minneapolis Business College, 1711 West County Road B, Roseville, Minnesota Applications will be accepted for a period of four days after any starting date. Potential students may also apply online at Prior to application, potential students are expected to receive a tour of the school. Upon receipt of the application, the college will request a transcript of the applicant s high school record. Any record of post-high school education should be obtained by the applicant and provided to the college. Generally, the applicant is notified in writing of acceptance or rejection within 30 days after submission of the application. TUITION AND FEES FINANCIAL INFORMATION Application Fee...$ 50 Payable with all applications for admission. Tuition Deposit*...$ 50 A $50 tuition deposit is due no later than 30 days after a student s acceptance, except for students who apply in the summer for admission not in the upcoming academic year but in the subsequent year. In those cases, deposits are due by October 1 of the current academic year. Tuition deposits are applied to tuition when students begin classes. Confirmation Deposit*...$ 50 A $50 confirmation deposit is due no later than 30 days after the financial plan is held. Confirmation deposits are applied to tuition when students begin classes. Rates for students entering between January 1, 2015, and December 31, 2015: Tuition Per semester**...$ 7,340 Lab Fee Medical Assistant Programs per semester...$ 350 This fee is charged for each semester and half-semester term for which the student is enrolled during the first two and one-half semesters of the program. The student is charged at half the rate for a half-semester term. Residence Fee Per semester***...$ 3,460 Residence Reservation Fee*...$ 100 A reservation fee is required to reserve a residence space. This fee may be paid any time after the student is accepted, but is due no later than March 1, Books and Supplies Book charges will vary from term to term depending upon the program in which the student is enrolled. These charges will range from $250 to $650 per term. Actual charges will be used in the student s financial plan. Students may opt out of their plan to have books and/or supplies charged to their account. To start the opt-out process, the student must see the Financial Aid Office to revise the financial plan. If the student has a credit balance on his or her account, those funds will be made available immediately upon the student s request so that the student may purchase books and supplies. *Applicants who are accepted or apply within 30 days of their original start date must pay all deposits before classes begin. * *The quoted tuition rate is based on enrollment for the equivalent of 12 credit hours or more in a semester. Tuition charges for a student enrolled in less than 12 credit hours in a semester will be adjusted proportionately. Students reenrolling midsemester will be charged for a term. The charge for a stand-alone term is equal to one-half the semester rate and is based on enrollment for the equivalent of 6 credit hours or more in the stand-alone term. Tuition charges for a student enrolled in less than 6 credit hours in a stand-alone term will be adjusted proportionately. ***To remain enrolled as a student, a student who enters residence must continue in residence or pay minimum charges of two semesters for students enrolled in two-semester programs or two and onehalf semesters for students enrolled in other programs. Should a student remain in residence beyond this minimum period of obligation, he or she will be charged for each additional term (half- semester) during which the student continues in residence. For this purpose, any part of a term is considered a full term. Rates for students entering between January 1, 2016, and December 31, 2016: MINNEAPOLIS BUSINESS COLLEGE: FINISH FIRST! 3
8 Tuition Per semester**...$ 7,360 Lab Fee Medical Assistant Programs per semester...$ 370 This fee is charged for each semester and half-semester term for which the student is enrolled during the first two and one-half semesters of the program. The student is charged at half the rate for a half-semester term. Residence Fee Per semester***...$ 3,480 Residence Reservation Fee*...$ 100 A reservation fee is required to reserve a residence space. This fee may be paid any time after the student is accepted, but is due no later than March 1, Books and Supplies Book charges will vary from term to term depending upon the program in which the student is enrolled. These charges will range from $250 to $650 per term. Actual charges will be used in the student s financial plan. Students may opt out of their plan to have books and/or supplies charged to their account. To start the opt-out process, the student must see the Financial Aid Office to revise the financial plan. If the student has a credit balance on his or her account, those funds will be made available immediately upon the student s request so that the student may purchase books and supplies. *Applicants who are accepted or apply within 30 days of their original start date must pay all deposits before classes begin. * *The quoted tuition rate is based on enrollment for the equivalent of 12 credit hours or more in a semester. Tuition charges for a student enrolled in less than 12 credit hours in a semester will be adjusted proportionately. Students reenrolling midsemester will be charged for a term. The charge for a stand-alone term is equal to one-half the semester rate and is based on enrollment for the equivalent of 6 credit hours or more in the stand-alone term. Tuition charges for a student enrolled in less than 6 credit hours in a stand-alone term will be adjusted proportionately. ***To remain enrolled as a student in school, a student who enters residence must continue in residence or pay minimum charges of two semesters for students enrolled in two-semester programs or two and one-half semesters for students enrolled in other programs. Should a student remain in residence beyond this minimum period of obligation, he or she will be charged for each additional term (halfsemester) during which the student continues in residence. For this purpose, any part of a term is considered a full term. REFUND POLICIES Application Fee The application fee will be refunded if an applicant is not accepted for admission or if an applicant cancels the application within five (5) business days after being accepted by the college. Tuition/Confirmation Deposits The Tuition Deposit and the Confirmation Deposit will be refunded to a student who gives written notice of cancellation prior to the start of the course of instruction. Once the course of instruction has begun, refunds of these deposits will be made to a student who gives written notice of cancellation within five (5) business days after the day of acceptance. (See No. 5 below.) Medical Lab Fee For the purpose of refunds, lab fees for students in the Medical Assistant programs are treated the same as tuition. There is no refund or reduction of lab fees during a period of externship. To avoid fluctuation in semester or stand-alone term charges, lab fees are allocated over two and one-half semesters of the program. They apply regardless of whether a student is actually enrolled in a lab at any particular time. Residence Reservation Fee A $100 fee is required to reserve a residence space. If a student cancels, a fee paid before the due date is refundable until the due date. The fee is nonrefundable following payment on or after the due date. For late applicants, a fee received on or after the due date is nonrefundable except when an application is rejected. Residence Fees Refunds of residence fees will be made only to students who withdraw or who are dismissed from the school. In those cases, the refunds will be calculated in the same manner as refunds of tuition. Tuition/Residence Refund Policy 1. Each student will be notified of acceptance/rejection in writing. The date of acceptance will be presumed to be the date of delivery of the notice of acceptance; if delivered by mail, five days following the postmark date of the letter of acceptance. 2. If the student is rejected by the college, all tuition and residence charges will be refunded. 3. The refund policy at Minneapolis Business College is not conditional upon compliance with the college s regulations or rules of conduct. 4. Written notice is only required of students who choose to cancel. A student who terminates his or her enrollment must provide to the college a written notice of cancellation. This written notice of cancellation will take effect on the date the letter of cancellation is postmarked. In cases where the notice is hand carried, it will occur on the date the notice is delivered to the college. 5. The college will acknowledge in writing any valid notice of cancellation within ten (10) business days and issue refunds as follows: (a) for Minnesota 4 MINNEAPOLIS BUSINESS COLLEGE: FINISH FIRST!
9 students, within thirty (30) business days; (b) for Wisconsin students, within ten (10) business days. 6. The college will refund all required charges paid by the student if the student gives written notice of cancellation within five (5) business days after the day on which the student is accepted (see No. 5 above). This refund will take place notwithstanding anything to the contrary and regardless of whether the course of instruction has started. 7. When a student has been accepted by the college but does not give notice of cancellation during the period stated in No. 6 above and fails to attend any classes, all required charges except the application fee and residence reservation fee, if applicable, will be refunded to the student. 8. When students withdraw or are dismissed, refunds shall be based on and computed from the last day of attendance. Refunds shall be made within 30 days of the date a student withdraws or the date of determination of withdrawal if a student does not notify the school of his/her intention to withdraw. Questions about refunds of tuition and other charges should be referred to the school s administrative or financial aid office. Examples of refund calculations are available upon request. Refunds will be calculated according to standards published by the State of Minnesota. These standards require the following: For a student who withdraws or is dismissed from school after attending any classes in a period of instruction (semester/half-semester stand-alone term) for which the student has been charged, but before completion of seventy-five percent of the period of instruction, the amount charged shall be prorated as a portion of the total charges of the period of instruction plus a $100 administrative fee. The State of Minnesota requires that the proration calculation be made in the same manner as is used for the Federal Return of Title IV Funds which is based on the number of calendar days completed versus the number of calendar days in the period of instruction. After completion of seventy-five percent of the period of instruction for which the student has been charged, no refunds of tuition will be made. 9. The word student means the student if the student is party to the contract or the student s parent or guardian or other person if the parent or guardian or other person is party to the contract on behalf of the student. 10. The college will not negotiate any promissory instrument received as payment of tuition or other charge prior to completion of 50 percent of the program. Prior to that time, instruments may be transferred by assignment to purchasers who shall be subject to all defenses available against the college named as payee. Refund Policy for Students Called to Active Military Service A student who withdraws from the school as a result of the student being called to active duty in a military service of the United States or the National Guard will receive a waiver for his/her current semester tuition, lab fees, and residence fees. However, if the student is eligible to graduate from a shorter program midsemester, the student will be graduated from the shorter program, and tuition and fees for the shorter program will be determined. Tuition and fees in excess of that amount will be waived. Except as discussed elsewhere in the school s refund policy, charges for current semester textbooks and supply kits will not be reversed. Any cash paid by the student will be used to cover textbook and supply charges. Upon withdrawal, the student should submit a copy of his/her military orders to the Director of Education. Return of Title IV Funds Upon Withdrawal Upon a student s withdrawal or dismissal from college, the U.S. Department of Education requires specific treatment of the Title IV program funds received by the student. These requirements are published in Chapter 34 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Section The college is required to make refunds to the Title IV program funds according to these regulations regardless of amounts resulting from the college s tuition refund policy as described above. These regulations allow the college to keep as earned the amount of Title IV aid that is equivalent to the amount of time the student has been in attendance, except during the first 30 days of a new student s first semester when the college is sometimes not permitted under regulations to disburse the student s Stafford loan. For example, if the student completed 30 percent of the payment period or period of enrollment, 30 percent of the assistance originally scheduled for receipt may be earned. Once the student has completed more than 60 percent of the payment period or period of enrollment, all the assistance that the student was scheduled to receive for that period may be earned. Title IV funds disbursed in excess of this amount must be returned by the college in the order noted below. During the calculation of Title IV aid earned, the college will determine whether the student is due a post-withdrawal disbursement of federal aid. The college will make a determination as to whether the aid could have been disbursed under normal conditions and whether a post-withdrawal disbursement is necessary and appropriate. The amount of a post-withdrawal disbursement is determined by following the requirements for calculating earned Title IV aid and has no relationship to incurred educational costs. In addition, any post-withdrawal disbursement due to the student must meet the current required conditions for late disbursements. If the student is due a post-withdrawal disbursement of loan funds, the college will notify the student and offer those funds. If the student is due a post-withdrawal disbursement of grant funds, the grant funds will be applied to the student s account and the student will be notified. If a student withdraws from the school as a result of the student being called to active duty in a military service of the United States or the National Guard, all financial aid (grants and loans) for the current semester will be refunded. However, if the student is eligible to graduate from a shorter program mid- semester, financial aid eligibility for the shorter program will be determined, and aid in excess of this amount will be refunded. If a student provides notice of withdrawal either verbally or in writing to the Director of Education, the date on which the notice is given is the date of withdrawal. A student who has missed ten (10) consecutive days of class is considered to have withdrawn. If a student is absent from class for a period of 10 consecutive class days, excluding scheduled holidays or breaks, the date of withdrawal will be the first class day after the 10-day period of nonattendance. MINNEAPOLIS BUSINESS COLLEGE: FINISH FIRST! 5
10 In the event the college is prevented from retaining the student s planned financial aid to satisfy tuition and other charges, the student is directly responsible for paying those charges. Order of Refund Funds that must be returned to the federal government when a student is withdrawn, dismissed, or graduated will be applied in the following sequence to eliminate or reduce balances in the aid programs from which the student received funds during the period: (1) unsubsidized Federal Stafford loans, (2) subsidized Federal Stafford loans, (3) unsubsidized Direct Stafford loans, (4) subsidized Direct Stafford loans, (5) Federal Perkins loans, (6) Federal PLUS loans, (7) Direct PLUS loans, (8) Federal Pell Grants (for which a return is required), (9) Academic Competitiveness Grant (for which a return is required), (10) Federal Supplemental Opportunity Grants (FSEOG) (for which a return is required), and (11) other assistance under Title IV for which a return is required. Any state or private aid programs will be refunded according to the program requirements. Remaining credit balances will be refunded to the student. A refund which is designated for return to the student will not be made if there are unpaid charges owed to the college. Student balances that are not subject to Title IV refund regulations and are of an inconsequential amount will be written off. This includes debit and credit balances equal to or less than $25. Textbooks or Supply Kits Textbooks and supply kits are available from the college bookstore; however, students are not required to purchase books or supplies from the school. If a student elects to purchase textbooks or supply kits from the college bookstore and have them charged to his or her account, the cost will be included as an institutional charge. In effect, the amount charged will be treated for purpose of refunds as additional tuition. Unused and unmarked textbooks and intact supply kits may be returned to the bookstore for full credit at the beginning of the term in which they would be used. FINANCIAL AID Financial planning is available to assist students in securing a career education, regardless of financial status or family income level. This planning includes a combination of student loans, grants, and scholarships and permits cash payment plans. Minneapolis Business College offers individual financial planning sessions for each student and family beginning with the completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Information about financial planning is available from the Admissions or Financial Aid Office. Financial aid is disbursed each semester and upon disbursement is credited directly to the student s account. Additionally, students will be notified in writing when federal student loans are disbursed. Other federal loan information, including the terms and conditions, is presented during planning and again during the entrance interview; it is also available at any time from the Admissions or Financial Aid Office. For financial aid purposes, a semester of enrollment is defined as 16 weeks of full-time instruction. A half-semester term refers to a scheduled 8-week term indicated in the academic calendar (see Academic Calendar). Verification Policies and Procedures To ensure that only eligible students receive Title IV aid, the government is randomly selecting applicants whose application information must be verified. The school will also exercise its option to verify additional student aid applicants not selected by the government. The school will not make any disbursement of Title IV aid to any student that is selected for verification until all verification documentation is complete. Time Frame The school will notify students within 30 days of receipt of the applicable Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR), which is generally within two weeks of when the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is submitted to the Department of Education, if verification is required. Students will be expected to submit all requested documentation within two weeks or no later than the start of the academic year. Students who do not meet this deadline will be given two weeks from the start date to supply the verification documentation. An extension may be granted beyond the two weeks when circumstances beyond the student s control prohibit him/her from submitting the required documentation. In no way, however, will an extension be granted beyond the date for a subsequent financial disbursement. Consequences for Not Submitting Proper Documentation Within the Proper Time Frame If the student is unable to submit the required documentation within the two weeks or no later than the start of the academic year, he/she may request an extension. If the student does not request an extension or at the end of the extension does not submit the required documentation, the Title IV aid awarded will be cancelled. The student must then make new arrangements for paying all tuition and fee charges due to the school. Notification of Verification Results If no errors or discrepancies are found during the verification process, the student will be awarded the financial aid for which he/she is eligible. The disbursement of the aid will serve as notification to the student. If errors or discrepancies are found during the verification process, the student will be counseled on how to resolve the discrepancies or correct the errors. Correction of Incorrect Information If discrepancies are found in household size or number in postsecondary education, the student will be asked for additional proof of these items. If the independent status is questionable, the student will be asked for additional information to support his/her status. The school will assume the information on the individual s tax return to be correct. Corrections will be made on financial aid applications to reflect the information on the tax return. When applicable, the use of tolerance may be exercised. If there is a change in the award amount, or if tolerance may not be applied, the Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR) will be reprocessed. In no case will the school ever disburse on the original ISIR when resubmitting the ISIR would result in an increased award. In the case of campus-based aid and Stafford loans, the school will follow the same procedures that it takes for Pell. When applicable, the expected family contribution is recalculated. If an overaward is determined, the aid will be decreased to an eligible amount, and the student and the lender will be notified of the 6 MINNEAPOLIS BUSINESS COLLEGE: FINISH FIRST!
11 change in the award amount. FEDERAL DEFINITION OF A CREDIT HOUR FOR PURPOSES OF FINANCIAL AID Federal regulations define a credit hour as an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally established equivalency that reasonably approximates not less than (1) one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work each week for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester hour of credit or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time or (2) at least an equivalent amount of work as required in (1) above for other academic activities as established by the institution, including laboratory work, externships, and other academic work leading to the award of credit hours. SCHOLARSHIPS AND INSTITUTIONALLY-FUNDED GRANTS AND LOANS Minneapolis Business College Scholarship Minneapolis Business College offers scholarships to incoming students from Minnesota and Wisconsin based on the results of scholarship testing. Minneapolis Business College will award 24 scholarships ranging from $500 to $2000 and totaling $24,000 in institutional awards. The number and the amounts of the scholarships awarded may be adjusted due to identical test scores. The testing is conducted on the premises of Minneapolis Business College on two scholarship days scheduled in September and January. No prior registration or application is required. Minneapolis Business College will award 7 scholarships at each scholarship day that are designated for students from Minnesota. The amounts awarded will be one $2000 scholarship, four $1000 scholarships, and two $500 scholarships. Minneapolis Business College will award 5 scholarships at each scholarship day that are designated for students from Wisconsin. The amounts awarded are one $2000 scholarship, two $1000 scholarships, and two $500 scholarships. Students are eligible to take more than one test. However, an individual student is limited to $2000 in Minneapolis Business College scholarship awards. The scholarships may be used only at Minneapolis Business College. All scholarships are posted directly to the student s account card. Additional information regarding these scholarships may be obtained through the Admissions Office. Institutionally-Funded Grants Minneapolis Business College participates in the Student Education Assistance Foundation Grant Program (SEAF) through institutional funding of up to $10,000. Needs-based grants may be provided to specific students in accordance with the program guidelines of the SEAF grant program. Institutionally-Funded Loans Institutional loans are available on a limited basis for students who have exhausted other possible means of financing. Institutional loan applications are accepted throughout the year. Loan amounts will vary depending upon financial need and may not exceed institutional charges. Loan recipients are required to make minimum monthly cash payments to offset institutional charges while in school. Monthly cash payments and interest charges begin following graduation or withdrawal. PAYMENT TERMS Tuition, textbook charges, lab fees, and residence fees, if applicable, are due on the first day a student begins class unless other prior arrangements have been made with the school. In the case where a student s financial situation warrants an exception, a member of the Minneapolis Business College staff will meet with the student to develop a financial plan. All financial arrangements must be satisfied prior to graduation. If other financial arrangements have been made with the school, the student should ensure that the financial obligations have been met prior to graduation. PLACEMENT STUDENT SERVICES Graduates of all Minneapolis Business College programs are entitled to use the services of the Placement Assistance Department at no additional charge throughout their careers. These services may be used as many times as the graduate wishes, regardless of the year of graduation. The college cannot, of course, guarantee employment or placement in the student s field of study but can provide contacts and guidance during the placement process. Any employment that a student or graduate may obtain with the help of the school s placement department will most likely be at an entry-level position. In addition to the services of the Minneapolis Business College Placement Assistance Department, a Minneapolis Business College graduate can request assistance from the placement department at any affiliated Bradford school. Minneapolis Business College reserves the right to deny placement services to a graduate at any time if he or she is delinquent or in default on a student loan, if he or she owes a refund on any federal or state student financial aid program, or if his or her conduct is significantly detrimental to the integrity of the institution. Examples of causes that could lead to forfeiture of placement privileges are failure to pass a drug test and conviction of criminal activity. STUDENT RESIDENCES Minneapolis Business College maintains modern apartment-style residences within 5 miles of the campus. These apartments are completely furnished, airconditioned, and equipped with dishwashers and garbage disposals. Washers and dryers are located in each building. Cable television and telephone hookups are also available. Resident assistants and/or a director are on duty to assist the residence students whenever necessary. All outside doors are locked to prevent MINNEAPOLIS BUSINESS COLLEGE: FINISH FIRST! 7
12 unauthorized persons from entering the facility. A verbal intercom security system is in place for admittance. These residence facilities, which are available on a firstcome basis to female students only, offer the students an opportunity to experience supervised independent living. Residence facilities are only for the use of currently enrolled Minneapolis Business College students. A student who withdraws or is dismissed from Minneapolis Business College may not continue to reside in the residence facilities. CAMPUS SECURITY Minneapolis Business College strives to provide a safe environment for our students' learning experience. We have located our facility in a typical business setting, and trespassing laws are enforced on our premises. If, however, a crime is committed on our premises, school personnel and building management are available to assist students and staff. How to Report Criminal Actions or Other Emergencies If a student or other campus member is the victim of a crime, believes s/he sees a crime being committed, or becomes aware of any other emergency, the individual should report it in a timely manner to any school official. School officials include management personnel, directors, and residence directors. All incidents are then reported to the Director of Student Services. Students and employees are directed to call 911 to reach the city police or fire department should an emergency arise when a school official is not available. Minneapolis Business College has no official policy or procedures for confidentially reporting crimes on a voluntary, confidential basis for inclusion in the annual disclosure of crime statistics. Campus Safety Procedures and Crime Prevention Programs Procedures for reporting criminal actions or other emergencies are reviewed with students during orientation. Orientation is held the first week of classes for all new students. Mandatory orientation is also conducted for all students residing in college residence facilities. Additionally, during the course of the students' program, guests are invited to speak to students on topics such as self-protection, awareness of rape, acquaintance rape, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, and other forcible and nonforcible sex offenses. The staff and faculty receive instructions about security through their own orientation, held prior to the first week of class. Ongoing written and verbal communications about campus safety are provided to staff and faculty throughout the year. Timely Warning Reports The college administration will provide students, faculty, and staff with timely warnings of reported crimes and other events that are considered to be a serious or ongoing threat to the safety of students and employees. These warnings include a description of the crime and the time, date, and location of the occurrence in a manner that withholds the names of victims as confidential. The warnings are posted on campus bulletin boards, residence hall bulletin boards, and other appropriate areas. If campus bulletin boards are not timely enough, the campus community will be notified by a more urgent means as deemed appropriate for the situation. Security and Access to Campus Facilities During business hours, the administration and classroom buildings are open to students, parents, employees, applicants, and other individuals who have a legitimate purpose for being on campus. During hours in which the college is closed, security systems are utilized and access is by keycard and key, which have been assigned to directors, managers, and support staff. The building s security system self-arms at the end of each day. Minneapolis Business College does not provide residential facilities for students on campus. Safety and security issues are considered and implemented in the maintenance of all campus lighting, shrubbery, and other areas that could affect the safety of individuals on campus. Safety and security maintenance requests receive priority treatment over nonsafety and nonemergency requests. Authority of Campus Security Personnel Minneapolis Business College does not have a campus police or security department. Crime Statistics The following is a summary of the crimes that were committed and reported on our campus, in or on noncampus buildings or property, and on public property within the campus or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus during the periods indicated. Category Murder/Non-negligent Location On Campus Manslaughter Noncampus Public Property Negligent On Campus Manslaughter Noncampus Public Property MINNEAPOLIS BUSINESS COLLEGE: FINISH FIRST!
13 Dating Violence On Campus n/a 0 0 Noncampus n/a 0 0 Public Property n/a 0 0 Domestic Violence On Campus n/a 0 0 Noncampus n/a 0 0 Public Property n/a 0 0 Stalking On Campus n/a 0 0 Noncampus n/a 0 0 Public Property n/a 0 0 Rape On Campus Noncampus Public Property Fondling On Campus Noncampus Public Property Incest On Campus Noncampus Public Property Statutory Rape On Campus Noncampus Public Property Robbery On Campus Noncampus Public Property Aggravated Assault On Campus Noncampus Public Property Burglary On Campus Noncampus Public Property Motor Vehicle Theft On Campus Noncampus Public Property Arson On Campus Noncampus Public Property Liquor Law Arrests On Campus Noncampus Public Property Liquor Law Violations On Campus Referred for Noncampus Disciplinary Action Public Property Drug Law Arrests On Campus Noncampus Public Property Drug Law Violations On Campus Referred for Noncampus Disciplinary Action Public Property Illegal Weapons On Campus MINNEAPOLIS BUSINESS COLLEGE: FINISH FIRST! 9
14 Possession Arrests Noncampus Public Property Illegal Weapons On Campus Possession Violations Noncampus Referred for Disciplinary Action Public Property Hate Crimes: Hate crimes are criminal offenses committed against a person or property that are motivated, in whole or in part, by the offender's bias. Bias is a preformed negative opinion or attitude toward a group of persons based on their actual or perceived race, gender, gender identity, religion, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or national origin. Included in these statistics are hate crimes of murder and non-negligent manslaughter, negligent manslaughter, rape, fondling, incest, statutory rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft, arson, larceny-theft, simple assault, intimidation, and destruction/damage/vandalism of property. For the years 2012, 2013, and 2014 there were no reported hate crimes at any of the above-listed geographic locations. Caveat: Minneapolis Business College has no residential facilities for students on campus nor does it recognize any off-campus locations of student organizations. Policy for Preparing the Annual Disclosure of Crime Statistics Campus crime, arrest, and referral statistics include those reported to campus officials and local law enforcement agencies. The report includes crimes that have occurred on campus, in or on noncampus buildings or property, and on public property within or adjacent to the campus. The Director of Student Services is responsible for collecting all crime reports and preparing the annual crime statistics disclosure to comply with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act. Policy on Alcoholic Beverages and Illegal Drugs Expulsion, suspension, or some lesser sanction may be imposed for the use, possession, or furnishing of alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs while on campus or while involved in school-related activities. Please refer to the Minneapolis Business College Drug Prevention Program for the full details. The Minneapolis Business College campus is designated as drug-free, and the consumption of alcohol is not permitted in any circumstances, even by students who are of legal age to purchase alcohol. The college will support local law enforcement agencies in the enforcement of underage drinking laws and federal and state drug laws. Policy on Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking Minneapolis Business College prohibits the offenses of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. For the purpose of reporting crime statistics in this Campus Security report, the following federal definitions of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking are used. Dating violence is violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim. The existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on the reporting party's statement and with consideration of the length of the relationship, the type of relationship, and the frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship. For the purposes of this definition, dating violence includes, but is not limited to, sexual or physical abuse or the threat of such abuse. Dating violence does not include acts covered under the definition of domestic violence. Domestic violence is a felony or misdemeanor crime of violence committed by a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabitating with, or has cohabitated with, the victim as a spouse or intimate partner, by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction in which the crime of violence occurred, or by any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person's acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction in which the crime of violence occurred. Sexual assault is an offense that meets the definition of rape, fondling, incest, or statutory rape as used in the FBI s Uniform Crime Reporting program. Rape is defined as the penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person without the consent of the victim. Fondling is defined as the touching of the private body parts of another person for the purpose of sexual gratification without the consent of the victim, including instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her age or because of his/her temporary or permanent mental incapacity. Incest is defined as sexual intercourse between persons who are related to each other within the degrees wherein marriage is prohibited by law. Statutory rape is sexual intercourse with a person who is under the statutory age of consent. Stalking is engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for the person s safety or the safety of others or to suffer substantial emotional distress. Corresponding definitions for these crimes in the state of Minnesota are as follows: Based on good-faith research, it appears Minnesota does not define the crime of dating violence. Domestic abuse means physical harm, bodily injury, or assault; infliction of fear of imminent physical harm, bodily injury, or assault; terroristic threats, criminal sexual conduct, or interference with an emergency call if committed against a family or household member by a family or household member. Family or household members means: (1) spouses and former spouses; (2) parents and children; (3) persons related by blood; (4) persons who are presently residing together or who have resided together in the past; (5) persons who have a child in common regardless of whether they have been married or have lived together at any time; (6) a man and 10 MINNEAPOLIS BUSINESS COLLEGE: FINISH FIRST!
15 woman if the woman is pregnant and the man is alleged to be the father, regardless of whether they have been married or have lived together at any time; and (7) persons involved in a significant romantic or sexual relationship. Sexual assault is referred to as criminal sexual conduct under Minnesota law. The offense includes conduct that ranges from unwanted sexual contact such as touching clothing that covers an intimate part of the body to rape with a dangerous weapon. Criminal sexual conduct under Minnesota law also covers activities such as sex with a minor and incest. Minnesota law defines sexual assault to include five degrees of criminal sexual conduct as well as incest. Each degree or category involves some type of unwanted, coerced, and/or forced sexual contact (e.g., fondling, groping), sexual penetration, sexual relations. The variation in degree is related to status and relationship of the persons involved as well as factors such as the ages of the victim and perpetrator, their relationship to one another, and the presence of weapons. First degree criminal sexual conduct. First degree is the most serious level of the offense. Although the statute does not use the term rape, this type of violation includes forced intercourse with a person age 16 or older in which the victim has fear of imminent bodily harm, the perpetrator uses a dangerous weapon to force the victim to consent, or the perpetrator causes injury to the victim. If the victim is under 13 and the perpetrator is at least 36 months older, any sexual contact constitutes a first degree violation. First degree conduct also includes provisions for sexual conduct with children who are between 13 and 16 if the perpetrator is in a position of authority or has a significant relationship with the child. Second degree criminal sexual conduct. This includes circumstances described in first degree conduct except that it involves sexual contact instead of penetration. Third degree criminal sexual conduct. Third degree sexual assault includes various acts involving juveniles that are considered less serious than those covered by first degree sexual conduct. It includes penetration of a victim of any age if force or coercion is used. Fourth degree criminal sexual conduct. Fourth degree sexual conduct typically involves a young victim who was vulnerable, unable to consent to sexual conduct, or did not consent to the sexual contact. Statutory rape charges will often fall into this category. Fifth degree criminal sexual conduct. A person is guilty of criminal sexual conduct in the fifth degree if the person engages in nonconsensual sexual contact or the person engages in masturbation or lewd exhibition of the genitals in the presence of a minor under the age of 16, knowing or having reason to know the minor is present. Stalking means to engage in conduct which the actor knows or has reason to know would cause the victim under the circumstances to feel frightened, threatened, oppressed, persecuted, or intimidated and causes this reaction on the part of the victim regardless of the relationship between the actor and victim. Consent means words or overt actions by a person indicating a freely given present agreement to perform a particular sexual act with the actor. Consent does not mean the existence of a prior or current social relationship between the actor and the complainant or that the complainant failed to resist a particular sexual act. A person who is mentally incapacitated or physically helpless cannot consent to a sexual act. Minneapolis Business College sponsors educational programs to prevent and promote the awareness of rape, acquaintance rape, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Primary prevention and awareness programs are presented for incoming students and new employees. Programs include Annual Sexual Safety presentations to students and faculty. Ongoing prevention and awareness campaigns are also offered for continuing students and employees. They focus on topics such as myths and facts about sexual violence, personal protection, and victim resources and advocacy. Information on registered sex offenders can be obtained from the Minnesota Department of Corrections web site (http://www.corr.state.mn.us). One of the most effective methods of preventing sexual assault is bystander intervention. Bystander intervention refers to safe and positive options that may be carried out by an individual or individuals to prevent harm or intervene in situations of potential harm when there is a risk of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking. There are a variety of ways to intervene. Some of them are direct, and some of them are less obvious to the perpetrator. Options include: Stepping in and asking if the person needs help. Getting support from people around you if you witness sexual violence. You do not have to act alone. Distracting the perpetrator so there s time to intervene. Being respectful, direct, and honest when intervening. Taking steps to curb someone s use of alcohol before problems occur. Calling 911 when the situation warrants. Common sense, situational awareness, and trusting your instincts will reduce the risk of sexual assault. The tips below may help decrease the potential chance of sexual assault: If you consume alcohol, do so in moderation. Know your alcohol limits. Do not leave your beverage unattended; take your drink to the restroom with you. Never drink a beverage that has been given to you by someone else or taken from a communal alcohol source, like a punch bowl. If you go on a date with someone you do not know very well, tell a close friend what your plans are. Make sure your cell phone is with you and charged and that you have extra money to get home. Have a plan for someone you can call if you need help. If you get a bad feeling about a location or a person, leave the situation immediately and go to a safe place. When you go to a party, go with a group of friends. Arrive together, watch out for each other, and leave together. Be alert and aware of your surroundings at all times. Don t be afraid to ask for help in situations where you feel unsafe. Travel, walk, or park in well-lighted areas after dark and with a friend whenever possible. MINNEAPOLIS BUSINESS COLLEGE: FINISH FIRST! 11
16 Keep the doors to your home, residence room, and car locked. Procedures for reporting incidents of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking are the same as for any other crime. If a student or employee is the victim of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking, the individual should report the offense in a timely manner to either the President or Director of Education either in person or by phone at (651) Any student who has a complaint of campus sexual assault against another student should notify the President or Director of Education in a timely manner either in person or by phone at (651) Reports of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking will be handled with discretion, dignity, and confidentiality. Personally identifiable information about the victim will only be shared with persons with a specific need to know who are investigating/adjudicating the complaint or delivering resources or support services to the complainant. Neither the name of the victim, specific housing information, nor any other information that would serve to identify any individual will be published in the crime log. The school will maintain as confidential any accommodations or protective measures provided to the victim to the extent that maintaining such confidentiality would not impair the ability of the school to provide the accommodations or protective measures. If the victim wishes to notify the proper law enforcement authorities, school officials are available and willing to assist. It is important for the victim to preserve evidence for proof of a criminal dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking offense or for obtaining a protection order. If the victim elects to notify authorities, it is important that the offense be reported immediately. The victim may decline to notify such authorities. When a student or employee of the school reports to the institution that s/he was a victim of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking, the victim will be provided with a written explanation of his/her rights and options, whether the offense occurred on campus or off campus. The Financial Aid office is available on campus to provide student victims with financial aid-related services and information. A written listing of off-campus counseling, health, mental health, victim advocacy, legal assistance, visa and immigration assistance, and other services will be provided to victims of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking by the education support office. Other than financial aid assistance, no professional on-campus services are available. If requested, school officials will notify victims of reasonably available options for changing their academic, living, transportation, and working situations after an alleged offense. School officials will assist in notifying the victim of all reasonably available options available for these changes regardless of whether the victim chooses to report the crime to local law enforcement. If requested, school officials will also provide information on where and how to obtain protection orders and similar lawful orders issued by the court system. Whether or not law enforcement is notified or criminal charges are filed, a victim may file a disciplinary complaint in writing or verbally with either the Director of Student Services or the President. A student who is accused of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking will be subject to action in accordance with the Student Conduct policy published in the school s catalog. Sanctions that may be imposed are warning, suspension, or expulsion. Faculty or staff will be subject to action in accordance with the Sexual Harassment policy in the Bradford Schools Personnel Policies and Procedures Manual. Sanctions may include verbal or written reprimand, referral to appropriate counseling, withholding of a promotion or bonus, monetary fine, reassignment, suspension, or termination without severance benefits. In a situation where disciplinary action is required, proceedings will provide a prompt, fair, and impartial investigation and resolution and be conducted by officials who receive annual training on issues related to dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking and how to conduct an investigation and hearing process that protects the safety of victims and promotes accountability. Following a reported incident of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking, the investigation generally shall include interviews with the parties if available, interviews with other witnesses as needed, and a review of relevant documents as appropriate. If necessary, a hearing may be scheduled. College officials shall complete the investigation as promptly as possible and in most cases within 60 working days from the filing of the complaint. The school will make every feasible effort to preserve the confidentiality of and prevent the disclosure of the identities of the parties involved to the extent permissible by law. The accuser and the accused will be entitled to the same opportunities to have others present during an institutional disciplinary proceeding, including the opportunity to be accompanied to any related meeting or proceeding by an advisor of their choice. Officials will use a preponderance of the evidence standard during the proceedings, which means that it is more likely than not that the alleged misconduct occurred. Both the accuser and the accused will be simultaneously informed in writing of the outcome of any institutional disciplinary proceeding, the institution s procedures for appealing the results of the proceeding, any change to the results that occurs prior to the time that such results become final, and when such results become final. Both the accuser and the accused shall be informed in writing of the outcome following a final determination of the alleged offense as well as the appropriate sanctions that the school may impose. No one shall retaliate, intimidate, threaten, coerce, or otherwise discriminate against the complainant or anyone else as a result of reporting or participating in an investigation or adjudication of alleged sexual misconduct. Emergency Response and Evacuation Procedures In the event of a report of an emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or staff, the President or any other member of the school administration will promptly investigate and, if appropriate, confer with local law enforcement or other first responders to confirm the circumstances of the report. In the event of a confirmed emergency or dangerous situation, the school administration will determine the segment(s) of the campus community affected, determine the content of the notification, and immediately notify the school community or the appropriate segment of the campus community, unless issuing a notification will, in the professional judgment of responsible authorities, compromise efforts to assist a victim or to contain, respond to, or otherwise mitigate the emergency. The decision will be made on a case-by-case basis. In the event of an emergency or dangerous situation, students and staff should follow the guidance provided by the administration through classroom announcements and personal communications. Fire alarms are located throughout the building. In the event that the building needs to be evacuated for any reason, a fire alarm will be activated. At the sounding of the alarm, all building occupants shall evacuate the building immediately. Classroom instructors are expected to interrupt class activity and instruct students to evacuate the building when the alarm sounds. Students are expected to follow directions as given to them by their instructor or other 12 MINNEAPOLIS BUSINESS COLLEGE: FINISH FIRST!
17 school officials. All exits are marked, and students are expected to leave the building in a prompt and orderly fashion using these exits. Instructors should close any windows, turn off room lights, take the sheet for taking attendance, make sure everyone has left the room, close the door of the room, lead students to a safe location, take roll immediately, and stay with the students until instructed to return to the building. Periodically, at least on an annual basis, announced or unannounced fire and other emergency drills will be conducted at the school in order to familiarize students with fire and emergency evacuation procedures. Emergency response and evacuation procedures will be publicized in conjunction with at least one test per calendar year. Documentation supporting the conduction of the exercise, including a description of the practice exercise, the date, the time, and whether it was announced or unannounced, will be maintained in the office of the Director of Student Services. Minneapolis Business College does not provide residential facilities for students on campus, although it does maintain noncampus housing accommodations. The school conducts fire safety training for these resident students during resident orientation. Orientation occurs annually on the weekend that residents move in. This training will include fire prevention policies and rules, fire safety precautions, protocol for reporting fires, procedures for evacuating the building, and use of fire extinguishers. The fire and smoke alarm systems alert residents of potential hazards. When an alarm sounds, each resident should follow the established procedures: 1. Awaken any sleeping roommate. 2. Feel the doorknob and the door. If they are hot, do not open the door. Use a towel or blanket to fill the cracks around the door. Call If the doorknob and door are cool, slowly open the door and exit the room. 4. Close the door tightly when evacuating. 5. Follow the predetermined exit route in a quick and orderly manner. 6. Leave the building using the nearest accessible stairway. Do not use an elevator. 7. When exiting in smoky conditions, keep your hand on the wall and crawl to the nearest exit. 8. Move safely away from the building and await instructions. In the event of an incident which would require the larger community to be notified, the college administration will utilize the 911 emergency phone system to report the event. PERSONAL PROPERTY Minneapolis Business College is not responsible for loss or damage to the personal property of students. Students are urged to provide adequate insurance through personal or family policies to cover such a loss in the event it does occur. HEALTH CARE SERVICES Minneapolis Business College is located within an eight-mile area of four major hospitals with emergency facilities and within ten miles of the region s largest major medical facility. Thus, emergency health care services are readily available. The school maintains a first aid kit adequate to handle minor emergencies. Emergency care services will be summoned when necessary. Minneapolis Business College accepts no responsibility for provision of health care nor for charges incurred for emergency care requested. SEXUAL HARASSMENT Minneapolis Business College has an established policy regarding sexual harassment that is distributed to students at orientation. Please refer to this policy for the full details. ACTIVITIES Students are invited to participate in an activity program that takes advantage of the cultural, business, and recreational resources of the area. The social program varies each year depending upon student choice. These activities serve as the ideal place to meet new friends and develop greater poise and self-reliance for eventual participation in the business world. CLASS SCHEDULE ACADEMIC INFORMATION Instructional hours are 50 minutes in length. Classes are scheduled Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:50 p.m. Individual class schedules will vary according to the student s program. In the event of unscheduled school closings due to weather or other events, make-up classes may be scheduled on Saturdays, holidays, or during evening hours and may result in an extended semester. A regularly enrolled student is required to attempt the number of classes normally scheduled for a program for the length of the program. Students will not be permitted to attempt less than the normal load for the program in which they are enrolled except when the students have changed programs, transferred credits, or are returning to a program in which they were previously enrolled. MINNEAPOLIS BUSINESS COLLEGE: FINISH FIRST! 13
18 ATTENDANCE Regular class attendance is considered essential. Cultivation of personal excellence is just as important as the development of skills. Students should train themselves to be present and on time for all classes. Development of this important trait while in college makes it considerably easier to satisfy the employer who demands regular and punctual attendance. Absence from class, regardless of reason, involves a loss to both the absentees and to other members of the class. The Minneapolis Business College policy is that students should attend all classes. While it is recognized that certain reasons beyond the control of students may make it impossible for them to attend class, there are no leaves of absence at Minneapolis Business College. An absence rate in excess of 10 percent of the classes scheduled or 15 percent of the classes for any half-semester term will result in the initiation of dismissal procedures and/or an attendance restriction period. A student may appeal the initiation of dismissal procedures by submitting a letter summarizing the mitigating circumstances associated with an excessive absence rate. A student s appeal is evaluated by the Director of Education. A student who successfully appeals an initiation of dismissal procedures will be placed on attendance restriction for the next half-semester term. Any student who accumulates 10 consecutive class days of absence will be dismissed. A student dismissed under the 10-day provision will not be permitted to appeal, but may be permitted to reenter at a later date in accordance with the policy for reentry (see Readmission on page 16). A student is considered tardy upon arriving within ten minutes into a scheduled class. The accumulation of three tardies is equivalent to one absence. Following the expiration of ten minutes into a scheduled class, the student may not be admitted to the class and will be considered absent for that class. DRESS CODE Students are required to dress in appropriate business attire. Minneapolis Business College students are expected to maintain the same high standards of appearance and grooming that are expected by the business community. Please refer to our Professional Dress Policy for details. STUDENT CONDUCT Students at Minneapolis Business College are expected to conduct themselves as responsible adults. Expulsion, suspension, or some lesser sanction may be imposed for any of the following offenses: (1) interruption or any manner of interference with the normal operation of the college; (2) destruction, damage, or misuse of college equipment, facilities, or property; (3) illegal possession, use, or furnishing of alcoholic beverages while on campus or while involved in collegerelated activities; (4) illegal possession, use, or furnishing of drugs while on campus or while involved in college-related activities; (5) use, possession, or furnishing of weapons while on campus or while involved in college-related activities; (6) verbal, physical, sexual, or online assault that injures, causes serious emotional harm, or grievously demeans or threatens another person in the college community; (7) theft of another s property occurring on campus; (8) participation in hazing; (9) academic cheating, plagiarism, or copyright infringement; (10) stalking; (11) commission of other offenses that in the opinion of the administration may be contrary to the best interests of the college community. Sanctions that may be imposed, at the discretion of the administration, are (1) warning, (2) suspension, or (3) expulsion. In general, the college will issue warnings prior to dismissing a student for poor conduct. The college, however, may dismiss a student without warning if the offense is serious. Serious offenses may be any of those listed in the policy on conduct but are considered to be those that directly affect the physical well-being of other persons in the school community. The Director of Education will investigate all complaints of misconduct and determine the appropriate sanction to be imposed. A student who wishes to question any decision made by the Director of Education may appeal to the President, who will then render a final decision. Conviction on a drug-related charge while enrolled and receiving financial aid may result in the loss of certain types of financial aid. Additionally, failure to obtain an externship because of inability to pass a drug test or termination for cause from externships may result in dismissal from the program, loss of time, loss of credit, and/or increased charges. (See page 18 regarding Course Repetitions.) CLASS SIZE Although class size will vary over a considerable range, the average student-teacher ratio is 30:1. DEFINITION OF ACADEMIC CREDIT A clock hour is equal to a minimum of 50 minutes of instruction. Credit for academic and financial aid purposes is measured in semester credit hours. A semester credit hour is equivalent to a minimum of 15 clock hours of lecture, 30 clock hours of laboratory where classroom theory is applied and explored or manipulative skills are enhanced, 45 clock hours of externship/practicum, or a combination of these three. This definition also assumes appropriate out-of-class learning activities to support the credit awarded for courses or portions of courses. Federal regulations for the allocation of student financial assistance establish an expectation of two hours of out-of-class work for each hour of lecture for which credit is awarded. COURSE NUMBERING SYSTEM Minneapolis Business College uses a five-character course numbering system. The course number consists of two letters and three digits. The letters identify the field of study. The first digit indicates the course level. Level-100 courses are primarily introductory and first-year courses, and level-200 courses are primarily advanced and second-year courses. The second and third digits are used to differentiate between courses in the same field. GRADING SYSTEM Letter grades are assigned as a final grade in each course. The following scale is used: 14 MINNEAPOLIS BUSINESS COLLEGE: FINISH FIRST!
19 Grades Numerical Value Quality Points A % Superior 4 B 85-92% Above Average 3 C 77-84% Average 2 D 70-76% Passing 1 F Below 70% Failing 0 W Withdrawal I Incomplete 0 S X Waived by Substitution Credit by Transfer The grade point average (GPA) is calculated as follows: 1. For each course taken, multiply the number of quality points assigned to the grade earned by the number of credits received for the course. 2. Add all accumulated quality points. 3. Divide by the total number of credit hours the student has attempted. Courses in which a student received a failing grade (F) or an incomplete (I) are included in the total number of credit hours attempted when calculating the grade point average and the successful course completion percentage. Courses in which the student received an S or X are not used in computing the grade point average. Courses in which the student received an X are included in both the attempted and successfully completed hours when calculating the successful course completion percentage. A student who withdraws from a program receives a grade of W in all uncompleted courses. Courses given the grade of W are included in hours attempted when calculating successful course completion percentage but are not included in the total number of credit hours attempted when calculating the grade point average. Withdrawal from individual courses is not allowed. GRADE REPORTS Grade reports are maintained during and following a student s chosen program. Grade reports for all programs are issued via the mail or personal delivery in college approximately every ten weeks in the form of a transcript. This period may vary somewhat depending on the material being covered, the time of year, and the individual student s schedule and performance. TRANSCRIPTS An official transcript is a copy of the student s permanent record and is housed in the Minneapolis Business College records division. A transcript reflects academic performance according to the Minneapolis Business College grading system following the completion of an academic segment or program. After completion of his or her program, each student receives one free copy of his or her official transcript. Students will be charged a processing fee for additional transcript copies. Official transcripts will not be issued to a student who owes the college money, who is delinquent or in default on a student loan, or who owes a refund on any federal or state student financial aid program. WITHDRAWAL Students who find it necessary to withdraw from a program should have a preliminary interview with the Director of Education. The student is also required to have an exit interview with the Financial Aid Officer. If a student provides notice of withdrawal either verbally or in writing to the Director of Education, the date on which the notice is given is the date of withdrawal. If a student provides notice of withdrawal either verbally or in writing within the first 6 class days of a term (drop period), the end date of the previous term will be considered the last date of attendance. If a student withdraws by the second Friday of a student s first semester in a program (first semester drop period), the student will be considered not to have enrolled in the program. A student who has missed ten (10) consecutive days of class is considered to have withdrawn. If a student is absent from class for a period of 10 consecutive class days, excluding scheduled holidays or breaks, the date of withdrawal will be the first class day after the 10-day period of non-attendance. DISABILITY SUPPORT SERVICES Minneapolis Business College is committed to providing equal access to the college s academic programs and services to qualified individuals with disabilities through reasonable accommodation. Students who believe they are in need of accommodations should contact the designated Section 504 coordinator, who is the Director of Education identified in the Administration section of this catalog, by phone at (651) or by mail or in person at 1711 West County Road B, Roseville, Minnesota The student should provide the designated Section 504 coordinator with a current comprehensive evaluation of a specific disability from a qualified diagnostician that identifies the type of disability and lists recommended accommodations. All documentation will be reviewed by the designated Section 504 coordinator in a timely manner, and appropriate reasonable accommodations will be provided based on the individual student s needs. DISMISSAL A student could be dismissed by the college for any of the following reasons: MINNEAPOLIS BUSINESS COLLEGE: FINISH FIRST! 15
20 1. Academic Failure of course work that would preclude graduation. 2. Attendance Excessive absences (as described on page 14). 3. Misconduct Behavior unbecoming to a professional business person or offenses listed in the STUDENT CONDUCT section on page Financial Failure to meet obligations outlined in the student s financial plan. A student who is dismissed may appeal in writing to the President of the college, who will make the final determination. READMISSION Readmission to Minneapolis Business College following dismissal or withdrawal will be at the discretion of the college. Students wishing to reenter must contact the Director of Education in writing. A student cannot reenter the college if he or she (1) has a loan in default or (2) was dismissed for a violation of the conduct policy. A student who was dismissed for failure to make satisfactory academic progress will not be allowed to reenter except under the circumstance in which the student has failed a prerequisite course and must withdraw. Except as discussed below, any student who terminates his/her enrollment voluntarily or involuntarily and is permitted to reenroll at a later date will be subject to the most current tuition rates, textbook policies, and college regulations. The student will be required to meet current graduation requirements for the program in which he or she enrolls. Following dismissal or withdrawal for nonmilitary reasons, a student may seek readmission into the same or a different program only one time. If a withdrawal was due to being called to active military duty, a student who notifies the school of his/her intent to return to the school within three years after the completion of the period of service will be readmitted with the same academic status as at the time of withdrawal. The student will be required to meet current graduation requirements for the program in which s/he enrolls. If the student is readmitted to the same program, the student will be charged the tuition and fee charges that s/he would have been charged for the academic year during which s/he left the school. If the student is admitted to a different program, the student will be charged the tuition in effect upon reentry. STANDARDS OF SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS Academic progress standards for students receiving federal financial assistance are the same as the standards for students enrolled in the same academic program who are not receiving assistance. All students, including those students not currently receiving any financial aid, will be evaluated. Maximum Time Frame Students are expected to complete graduation requirements within the normal completion time for the program in which they are enrolled. Under certain circumstances, however, the student may require more than the normal completion time to fulfill graduation requirements. The maximum time frame in which a student must complete his or her program is 150 percent of the published length of the program as measured in credit hours to complete the program. To determine the maximum time frame, multiply the published credit hours needed to graduate from the program of study by 1.5 (150 percent). For example, the number of credit hours it should take to complete the Associate in Applied Science Degree Medical Assistant program is 62 credits. Using that number, 150 percent would equal 93 credit hours, which would be the maximum number of credits for which a student could receive financial aid. Transfer credits that apply toward the student s program will be counted toward the maximum time frame. A student who changes programs (majors) is still responsible for maintaining satisfactory academic progress in accordance with the standard above. All courses the student attempts count toward the 150 percent time frame requirement. A student who returns to the institution to pursue a second credential will have his or her maximum time frame established at 150 percent of the normal length of the second program minus the courses applicable from the first program of study and any other documented transfer credits that are counted toward the second program of study. Satisfactory Progress Measurements All students must progress satisfactorily toward meeting graduation requirements. The academic progress of each student will be reviewed following each halfsemester term of his or her program. Official financial aid satisfactory progress reviews will be conducted at the end of each semester. A student's progress toward graduation is considered satisfactory if the student is within the maximum time frame and the following minimum requirements are met. Minimum Grade Point Average (GPA)/Minimum Successful Course Completion Percentage: Programs Normally Completed in 2 or 2 1/2 Semesters: Cumulative GPA Successful Course Completion Semester 1 Term percent Semester 1 Term 2* percent Semester 2 Term percent Semester 2 Term 2* percent Semester 3 Term percent 16 MINNEAPOLIS BUSINESS COLLEGE: FINISH FIRST!
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